Review (Secret Key): Rose Water Base Gel Cream


The Skin Care

Secret Key Rose Water Base Gel Cream

Secret Key Rose Water Base Gel Cream Swatch 2
Three Minutes After Application

Screen Shot 2017-11-22 at 7.37.01 pm.png

Screen Shot 2017-11-22 at 7.31.50 pm.png

  • A gel type cream that makes the skin’s texture feel soft by moisturising the skin fast with Rosa Centifolia Flower Water and Hyaluronic Acid.
  • Rosa Centifolia Flower Extract brightens the skin and keeps the skin moisturised.
  • Nourishes the skin with Rosa Centifolia Flower.

Screen Shot 2017-11-22 at 7.54.11 pm.pngScreen Shot 2017-11-22 at 7.50.03 pm.png

Secret Key Rose Water Base Gel Cream Ingredients.jpg

Water, Butylene Glycol, Cyclopentasiloxane, Glycerin, Cyclomethicone, Octyldodecanol, Polysorbate 20, Carbomer, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Dimethiconol, Coceth-7, PPG – 1 – PEG – 9 Lauryl Glycol Ether, Panthenol, Rosa Centifolia Flower Water (99.5ppm), Rosa Centifolia Flower Extract (50ppm), Boswellia Serrata Resin Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/VP Copolymer, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Caprylhydroxamic Acid, 1,2-Hexanediol, Caprylyl Glycol, Fragrance, Disodium EDTA, Triethanolamine, CI 16255 Caramel

Crossing arms emoji

Screen Shot 2017-11-22 at 7.56.41 pm

  • Butylene Glycol (Mildly Comedogenic): This ingredient stops the product from drying out,  and enhances skin penetration to other ingredients. Butylene Glycol is a possible acne trigger if applied in its pure form. Numerous studies have been conducted on this ingredient, and have deemed it appropriate to be used in cosmetics/skincare.
  • Carbomer (Mildly Comedogenic): Used in skincare (normally in gel formulations) to thicken a product. Additionally, this ingredient helps gels in turning from a solid into a liquid; allowing the product to disperse evenly onto the face.
  • PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil (Mildly Comedogenic):  Is used in skin care as a cleansing agent.
  • Triethanolamine (Mildly Comedogenic): This ingredient aims to be a PH adjuster for your skin. However, studies have shown that Triethanolamine can cause allergic reactions, and as such, this ingredient is normally flagged in a lot of skin care databases. Additionally, this ingredient has been linked as a toxin towards the human skin/immune system & respiratory system. Fret not, as this is only for high dosages (concentration of more than 5%), but in order for skincare products to have this ingredient, the concentration is limited to 0.5%.  This ingredient is normally (but not always) found in discontinuous (brief) use products like face masks.

rose-1093513_960_720 Mildly Comedogenic = The chances of this ingredient clogging your pores is not likely.

rose-1093513_960_720 Highly Comedogenic = A strong chance that this ingredient will clog your pores.

Silicone Ingredients

  • Secret Key’s Rose Water Base Gel Cream uses an abundant amount of silicones in it’s formulation: CyclopentasiloxaneCyclomethiconeDimethicone CrosspolymerDimethiconol. In general, silicones work by forming a protective layer on top of our skin, and this barrier limits the amount of water loss from our skin. There’s a huge debate in the skin care industry about silicones, is this ‘protective’ layer applied topically onto our skin detrimental to our skin; does it block our pores and stop other ingredients from penetrating into our skin? Let’s bust this myth real quick. Silicones are considered porous, and even though they form a protective layer on top of our skin, our skin can still ‘breathe’ through this layer; and other ingredients can come through the barrier. However, most silicones are composed of large molecular structures, and therefore  provide no moisturising effects for our skin. Silicones sole purpose is to lock in moisture, but does not provide any moisture to our skin. Of note, silicones are generally ‘Volatile’, meaning that the protective barrier formed on the skin will slowly evaporate throughout the day. Overall, what does this mean? Should you avoid skin care products with silicones in them. From my experience, I can honestly say that silicone products in moderation are safe to use; a skin care product containing one or two silicone products further down the ingredient list is fine. However, I draw the line when products are mainly filled with silicone products, like Secret Key’s Rose Water Base Gel Cream.

Screen Shot 2017-11-22 at 7.37.21 pm

Screen Shot 2017-11-22 at 7.31.50 pm.png

Screen Shot 2017-11-22 at 7.34.44 pm.png







  • Glycerin: Is found naturally topically on our skin and helps our skin stay soft an supple. It ‘draws’ water from beneath our skin layers to the top, and this will result in this ingredient treating dry skin conditions topically. However, when too much pure glycerin is added in a product, this can actually be negative for you. Needless to say, too much of pure glycerin will continue to take water from our layers underneath our skin until it is dehydrated. In addition, Glycerin is a known Humectant, meaning that it also draws water molecules from our surroundings and binds them to the skin!
  • Rosa Centifolia Flower Water (99.5ppm): There have been no studies done on rose water and the effects it has on the skin. In skin care, Rosa Centifolia Flower water is normally marketed as an ingredient with soothing, scented, and astringent properties. Some also suggest that rose water can lighten the skin due to rose hips containing high amounts of antioxidants and vitamins. However, this is true for rose hip extracts, and only speculation for rose water.
  • Rosa Centifolia Flower Extract (50ppm):  Rosa Centifolia is often confused with another species of roses, called Rosa damascena. The research has shown Rosa Damascena to be a promising ingredient in skin care, with strong anti-bacterial and antioxidant properties. In – vitro studies (examining cells in petri dishes), have shown significant antibacterial activities of the essential oils extracted from Rosa Damascena; the study showed that Rosa Damascene had anti-bacterial properties against these type of bacteriaE. coli, Staph. aureus, and Ps. aeruginosa. R.  Of these bacteria, studies have shown Staph. aureus to be linked with the prevalence of acne, While Ps. aeruginosa can infect open acne wounds.  In contrast to Rosa Damascena, the research behind Rosa Centifolia isn’t as promising. Nonetheless, Rosa Centifolia contain some potent antioxidants:  Tannins and Anthocyanins. These antioxidants  can help reduce free-radicals and oxidative stress (free radicals and oxidative stress can cause damage at a cellular level of our skin).
  • Boswellia Serrata Resin Extract: Is a type of Gum Resin extracted from trees. Limited research has been done on this ingredient, but it has been suggested to have anti-inflammatory properties. However, according to Paula’s choice, this ingredient can be sensitising to the skin.
  • Sodium Hyaluronate: If you ever see this ingredient in a product, its just a fancy way of saying hyaluronic acid. This ingredient can hold up to 1000x times of its moisture content, and sadly can only work topically to keep the skin hydrated (this only applies if sodium hyaluronate is not in a serum). This ingredient works best as a serum, so it can penetrate deep within your skin!  Always keep this in mind.


Screen Shot 2017-11-22 at 8.01.40 pm.pngroses-575462_960_720roses-575462_960_720roses-575462_960_720

” A thick gel based moisturiser packed with silicones, better to give this product a miss ” 

Scent (3/5): Secret Key’s Rose Water Base Gel Cream smells of roses, what a surprise! The scent can be a bit overwhelming at first. However, upon application, only a subtle rose scent lingers. I personally wouldn’t say that this rose scent is therapeutic or refreshing, but it does smell of roses.

Texture of the product(2/5):  The texture is a gel based cream. The product is not sticky, but a little to thick for my liking.

Application(2/5):  The application of this product is terrible. The silicones in Secret Key’s Rose Water Base Gel Cream makes the product extremely thick. After application of the gel cream, the product topically remains on the skin for about 5 minutes (refer to photo above). In saying this, this is easily manageable by using less product. However, if you’re looking for a product to instantly absorb into your skin, then this is not the product for you.

Quality of product (2/5): I really wanted to love this gel based moisturiser, since it’s decently priced and infused with roses and hyaluronic acid! Sadly, this product contains too much silicones for me to endure. As a general rule of thumb, if a product contains more than two silicones high in up in the ingredients list, I personally tend to avoid them. Since there is a debate about silicones in the skincare industry, I am not too sure what side of the debate I am leaning on. In saying that, my skin did not like this many silicone products all on my skin at once. I feel quite confident in saying that one or two silicones in your skin care routine isn’t going to do much harm. However, more than that, and things might get a bit risky.


  • A thick water based gel cream that provides minimal moisture.
  • A moisturiser that relies heavily on silicones; the silicones in this product locks in the moisture already in the skin.
  • Smells beautifully of roses!

Recommended for:

  • I personally would stay away from this product, since it is so silicone based. I personally think that there are better gel based creams out there, without a heavy reliance on silicones, while also containing  a plethora of fruit extracts to nourish the skin. If you’re looking for a cost effective water based gel cream check out Mizon’s Water Volume EX Cream HYDRA TOX; even though this product says cream, it is 100% a gel based formulation (clicking the link will take you my review. One of my first reviews, and honestly such a cost effective moisturiser ! ! !)

And as always, take care of your skin!


Screen Shot 2016-04-02 at 12.06.03 amInstagram

Korean Wistrend Affiliate.jpg


All products are purchased with my money. I am not sponsored to review any products. I am however a proud affiliate with WishTrend*, and I truly adore how they promote good skin health. All opinions are 100% honest, and written from my personal experience.

Irritants are flagged from skin care database: CosDNA

Cosmetic ingredients information was accessed from public domains (unless referenced in-text). More detailed information can be found on:TruthInAgingPaula’s Choice

Since word press is a free to use platform, you might occasionally you might see an ad on my page. This is placed by WordPress and not by me.


4 thoughts on “Review (Secret Key): Rose Water Base Gel Cream

  1. I am personally not fond of the smell of roses in products – like you say, I find them overwhelming and too strong-scented for my liking. After you smell it too much, you start to get a headache which is something I don’t really like. The only thing I can accept is rosewater toners which only smell lightly of roses, and is so much nicer all-round.

    I am also on the fence about silicones. I don’t think they are necessarily as bad as people make them out to be though, so I don’t wholly try to avoid them. I just minimise the products that have them.

    Liked by 1 person

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s